ICC Delegates participated at the 43rd CCMAS Codex Committee Meeting in Budapest

Two delegates from the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC), Dr. Valentina Narducci, the ICC Technical Director, and Dr. Markus Lacorn, a member of the ICC Technical Committee and a Corporate Member (R-Biopharm), attended the 43rd meeting of the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS 43) in Budapest from May 13-18, 2024. The meeting was preceded by an Inter-Agency Meeting (IAM) on May 12, which brought together standards development organizations (SDOs) associated with CCMAS.

Key Outcomes and Discussions

  1. ICC Methods Included in Codex List: The meeting saw the inclusion of ICC methods in the Codex list of recommended methods of analysis and sampling (CXS234). This is a significant milestone in the ICC's efforts to promote international standards in cereal science and technology.
  2. Guideline for Particle Size Distribution: The ICC Recommendation 207 was endorsed as a guideline for measuring particle size distribution of edible cassava flour and gari. However, it was noted that the recommendation will need to be revised this year to include the possibility of using sieves with mesh sizes relevant for these commodities.
  3. Incineration Temperature Discussion: The meeting discussed the incineration temperature for various commodities. While several arguments were considered, the question remains open. The Codex Commission will be asked for guidance on whether CCMAS can receive assistance in determining the original intent for ashing temperatures in cereals, pulses, and legumes standards. If not, two provisions for ash at 550 °C and 900 °C for some commodities could be acceptable to allow CCMAS to endorse recommended methods.
  4. Methods of Analysis for Precautionary Allergen Labelling: The CCMAS was asked by the Codex Commission to prepare a discussion paper on methods of analysis for precautionary allergen labelling to support the work of the Codex Committee on Food Labelling (CCFL). The ICC contributed to the discussion by commenting on the first draft document, and the discussion will continue until consensus on a final document is reached.
  5. Strengthening Collaboration: The meeting provided an opportunity for friendly discussions with representatives of other SDOs, and the ICC was invited to strengthen its collaboration on issues of common interest.

Overall, the meeting was fruitful, with the ICC contributing to discussions and strengthening its relationships with other SDOs.